“Few Presidential candidates lay out specific policies 18 months before Election Day. Trump, though, thinks policy is kind of beside the point. “Isn’t this more about business, like, what a great job I’ve done in business?” he says. “‘Cause I’ve made a lot of money!”—
“Frenchy should get “Watch me throw this ball as far as I can” tattooed on his arm. (I read recently about Raul Mondesi having a gun tattooed on his throwing arm, although I don’t know how or why I was reading about Raul Mondesi “recently.”)”—
“But oh God," she said, "what I am not looking forward to are the articles—not this one—but, you know, the Times Modern Love column where some Cobble Hill person befriends him at the gardening store. That’s going to be a nightmare. But I like to think that he will take it all in stride, and then in three years a book will come out that will be a perfect send-up of the neighborhood and it will capture it in a way that no American novel could, and then there will be a q-and-a between him and Jonathan Franzen where they will have to compare their critiques of gentrified American neighborhoods.”—
“The magical thing about the UK is that their tourists are constantly being murdered in Sarasota or plunging to their deaths in Thai waterfalls. It’s like the whole country is the cast of a Final Destination movie.”—
Shopping for high fashion in Antwerp is one of the great travel writing myths of our times, followed up by the idea that more than eight people want to go on vacation to Iceland and that Miami’s food scene is finally punching in the correct weight class.
This NYT article talks about the effect of sleep deprivation over the course of two weeks—i.e., if you’re getting four or six hours every night instead of six. The study cited found that by the end of a two-week cycle, the sleep-deprived groups had deteriorated considerably. I guess this explains why I tend to get the most work done on Monday.
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My favorite travel article will likely always be P.J. O’Rourke’s “A Ramble Through Lebanon,” which you can find in Holidays in Hell. (Try to ignore the essay about pre-apartheid South Africa, which is in very poor taste, even for P.J. O’Rourke). If I had to do it over again I wish that my trip to Albania for the Post had turned out something that good. One day…